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Genus Corticeus

a load of Corticeus - Corticeus praetermissus beetle found under pine bark - Corticeus parallelus Tenebrionid - Corticeus cavus Corticeus praetermissus Darkling beetles - Corticeus beetle - Corticeus praetermissus Corticeus opaculus teneb from pine - Corticeus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Diaperinae
Tribe Hypophlaeini
Genus Corticeus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Hypophloeus Fabricius 1790
Explanation of Names
Corticeus Piller & Mitterpacher 1783
Numbers
13 spp. in our area(1), perhaps close to 200 total
Size
our spp. 2.1-7.5 mm(2) (in the Old World some are much bigger)
Identification
key to spp. in(2)
Range
worldwide but poorly represented in the New World; in our area, 2 spp. transcontinental, 4 occur in the east and 7 in the west, esp. sw. US(2)
Habitat
Closely associated with bark beetles(1)
Food
Fungi, frass, sometimes bark beetle larvae(1)
Remarks
By the time tree bark loosens enough to be pulled off readily, exposing the old bark beetle tunnels, the Corticeus are already gone -- the reason why they are rarely collected(2)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Review of the genus Corticeus (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) of America north of Mexico
Triplehorn C.A. 1990. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 83: 287-306.